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Case Name Marrs v. Cox PC-OR-0001
Docket / Court 86-489 ( D. Or. )
State/Territory Oregon
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On April 22, 1986, prisoners at the Oregon State Prison filed a class action lawsuit against the Oregon Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. On June 9, 1988, the parties entered into a consent decree, and the plaintiffs asked the court to hold the ... read more >
On April 22, 1986, prisoners at the Oregon State Prison filed a class action lawsuit against the Oregon Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. On June 9, 1988, the parties entered into a consent decree, and the plaintiffs asked the court to hold the defendants in contempt and enforce the decree when the defendants later disobeyed the decree by refusing to have a corrections sergeant undergo psychiatric evaluation or mediation.

On August 23, 1989, the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon (Judge James Redden) refused to enforce the consent decree or hold the defendants in contempt. On September 21, 1989, the plaintiffs appealed the district court's decision.

On April 12, 1991, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (Judges William Canby, Stephen Trott, and Charles Legge) reversed the district court's decision and remanded the case, with instructions to order the corrections sergeant to undergo psychiatric evaluation and mediation and to award attorneys' fees to the plaintiffs. Marrs v. Cox, 1991 WL 54873 (9th Cir.Or. April 12, 1991).

On February 14, 1992, the court entered the corrections sergeant's psychiatric evaluation into the record. On July 17, 1992, the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon (Judge Redden) ordered the defendants to pay the plaintiffs $8,830.75 in attorneys' fees and expenses.

Kristen Sagar - 03/16/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Assault/abuse by staff
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Oregon Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description Prisoners at Malheur County Correctional Facility
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Attorneys fees
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1986 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Civil Rights Injunctions Over Time: A Case Study of Jail and Prison Court Orders
N.Y.U. Law Review
By: Margo Schlanger (Washington University)
Citation: 81 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 550 (2006)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

  Judicial Policy Making and the Modern State: How the Courts Reformed America's Prisons
By: Malcolm M. Feeley & Edward Rubin (UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law & Vanderbilt School of Law Faculty)
Citation: (1998)
[ Detail ]

Docket(s)
86-489 (D. Or.) 03/15/1995
PC-OR-0001-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum 04/12/1991 (930 F.2d 28)
PC-OR-0001-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Judges Canby, William Cameron Jr. (Ninth Circuit)
PC-OR-0001-0001
Juba, George E. (D. Or.) [Magistrate]
PC-OR-0001-9000
Legge, Charles A. (N.D. Cal.)
PC-OR-0001-0001
Trott, Stephen S. (Ninth Circuit)
PC-OR-0001-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Barton, William (Oregon)
PC-OR-0001-9000
Haber, Roy S. (Oregon)
PC-OR-0001-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Bailey, Ronald E. (Oregon)
PC-OR-0001-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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